Salmond pins hopes on Muckle as EU court scotches plans to grab sassenach subsidy

Posted: July 4, 2014 by tallbloke in Accountability, government, humour, Legal, wind

Oh noes! H/T to Oldbrew for spotting this GWPF story culled from the Times:


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Date: 04/07/14 Peter Jones, The Times

Alex Salmond’s hopes that the economy of an independent Scotland could rely on expanding renewable energy generation have been crippled by a European Court of Justice ruling.

The court has said that no government must pay subsidies to renewable generators in another country. The ruling removes any legal foundation for the first minister’s claim that the rest of Britain would continue to pay a subsidy — more than £500 million a year — to Scottish renewable generators for their green energy.

Pro-Union sources said that the ruling could mean higher energy bills after a “yes” vote. It also leaves the future of the industry, if there is a “yes” vote, resting on the hope of a negotiated agreement between the Scottish and British governments, which Westminster has said is unlikely.

The EU’s top court ruled this week on a complaint by Alands Vindkraft AB, the Finnish wind energy producer, that it was unfairly refused the subsidy that Sweden’s energy agency pays to all its domestic renewable generators. The court agreed with the Finnish company’s claim that this was a restraint on free trade, but said that it was legitimate. It said: “The court finds that the restriction is justified by the public interest objective of promoting the use of renewable energy sources in order to protect the environment and combat climate change.”

All renewable generators, whose power is expensive compared with existing gas, coal and nuclear-fired generation, need a subsidy to be economic. This is paid by all UK consumers, but much of the total subsidy of about £750 million that is now paid to Scottish generators comes from consumers south of the border.

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  1. AlecM says:

    Great: it means that if there is Independence, the Scots’ wind farms will compete on price thus reducing the English and Welsh subsidies as grid price falls.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Wind farm profiteers will still be trying to suck the life out of the UK economy though.

    ‘Brits Being Fleeced for £billions by Offshore Wind Farm Outfits’

  3. cornwallwindwatch says:

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  4. Joe Public says:

    How can we English do more to encourage a ‘Yes’ vote?

  5. Reblogged this on ScottishSceptic and commented:
    I was going to write on this but Tallbloke has already done a great job.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Is Salmond having second thoughts about the supposed benefits of EU membership yet?

    Nigel Farage has been putting the boot in at the EU ‘museum’ aka parliament again:

  7. tom0mason says:

    Windfarms and Salmond, umm.
    Why does this remind me of an old Billy Connelly sketch I saw many years ago, about the boy who could fart in stereo?